Thursday, September 11, 2014

Preparing Your House Exterior for the Fall

As the weather starts to get colder, there are many things around the house that need to be fixed up to prepare your house exterior for the fall. From readying your home for colder temperatures to guarding against treacherous and unpredictable weather conditions, you can do a lot to protect yourself from unnecessary issues.

Fall means colder temperatures are on their way. To save yourself from expensive energy bills, you want to make sure that your home is energy efficient and appropriately sealed for the fall. Check all windows and doors around your home and take note of any issues you find. Are there cracks in the window frames? Are there gaps between your door and door jambs? All of these things can cause you to lose heat when you run your furnace again. Fixing these minor issues with weather stripping and caulk, and sealing up your windows with window wraps are inexpensive ways to keep the heat in your home.

Since leaves are a huge headache in the fall, you want to prepare your house by doing a full inspection of your gutters and cleaning out your gutters and downspouts. Add a sturdy mesh gutter guard to keep debris and leaves from clogging your gutters this fall, and you will be saved plenty of headaches when the leaves are coming down.

If you have outdoor faucets or an in-ground irrigation system around your home, you want to ensure that these are taken care of properly so that they do not freeze and burst. Turn off the shut-off valves that lead to these faucets and drain the line to ensure that all the water is out. You can also purchase outdoor faucet covers if you are unable to shut off the valve. Look into your options to decide which is best for your home.

There are many important steps you need to take to prepare your house exterior for the fall. Taking these simple steps can save you money down the line by protecting your home from easily preventable issues. Enjoy the beauty of fall without worrying about your home!


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